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"We follow the scientists around and look over their shoulders. They're watching their feet: provable mistakes are bad for them. We're looking as far ahead as we can, and we don't get penalized for mistakes."
- Larry Niven

Magnetic Flame Gun  
  Device shoots charged positive nuclei.  

"We are starving, Euclar, starving," Drangee thought, a bitter smile on his face, "and you speak of kindness. For the lack of radium we must perish. To barter with them might mean failure, but with this there can be no failure. No living thing can withstand its bolt of charged positive nuclei. You are in command, Euclar. But for once Drangee, the lowly, takes command."

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"Quick, Drangee, they are escaping us," the soundless voice, of the larger one cried. "Your magnetic flame gun. A web of kinemagnetism will not hurt them. And it will bind their ship to us that we may barter with them. Hurry, lest they are~ gone forever."

Again Drangee turned away so that his thoughts would not be intercepted by his companion. His eyes glittered balefully as he raised the flame gun. Unseen by his companion, he set the gun at concentration strength. A scattered charge of positively charged nuclei would throw a web of magnetism about the speeding Earth ship that would bind it to the dark invader. But the freighter's speed would probably break the bonds. At concentration strength the magnetic flame gun became a weapon of destruction, hurling a charge of positive nuclei that would tear and burn its way through any known substance. With an aim that was uncanny, Drangee sent the bolt of destruction through the speeding Earth ship.

From Roamer of the Stars, by Clyde Wilson.
Published by Thrilling Wonder Stories in 1938
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